May 05
Zenith Bank Plc Goes Live on SmartStream’s TLM Corona Reconciliation Solution

Attains over 98% transaction matching rate from day one….Achieves High Flexibility, Efficiency and Control over its transactions.

Zenith-Bank-logoZenith Bank of Nigeria Plc has added another feather to its cap by becoming the first bank in Nigeria to adopt and successfully implement SmartStream’s Corona TLM Reconciliation solution. The bank’s objective for adopting this solution includes elimination of manual errors, secure timely completion of transaction, centralize all reconciliation process in one single system, focus more on exceptions management and operational risk, and attain high processing efficiency.

The process of selecting SmartStream’s TLM Corona was very rigorous and had to be done in multiple stages with some weak vendors pulling out because of tough operational processing and transaction types that had to be reconciled through the system. This allowed SmartStream to emerge as the best solution because they met all the evaluation criteria in terms of matching rate, automated exceptions and investigation, dashboard reporting, and automatic issue escalation according to well defined workflow.

With this successful implementation, Zenith Bank has now joined the league of over 2000 leading banks globally who are users of CORONA TLM Reconciliation and Exceptions Management Solution.

The solution from SmartStream covers a complete lifecycle of Transaction and is able to support multiple cycles of matching of ATM/POS and other switch based transaction in real time ensuring that customers who have challenges like ATM dispense errors can have their cash immediately corrected in no time.

There was a lot of excitement at the bank when the first day of productive use of the system showed more than 98% matching rate, a testament to the fact that the solution has a very robust reconciliation engine that can take away the pains of manual or semi manual transaction reconciliation challenges of the bank.

Another very important feature of the system which the bank is benefiting from is its ability to automate the investigation and exceptions management process. No longer will reconciliation be done at the branches as the system has the ability to pick unmatched items and distribute these items to branches automatically creating an automated investigation process for each transaction.

Based on this very positive development, all reconciliation process has now been automated so, the bank will only focus on using as little as just 5 staff globally to manage exceptions raised by the system based on its automotive investigation engine.

Speaking at the project close out ceremony at the bank in February, George Agu, the CEO of ActivEdge Technologies, distributor and local implementation partners of SmartStream observed that at this crucial time when banks are working with lower margin, more regulatory pressure and high complexity, there is high demand for efficiency in back office operations.

The project manager of Zenith Bank on this very crucial implementation, Mr. Richard Okafor was full of smiles and excitement when asked to comment on the project.

The bank has always been ahead of the pack in Nigeria and with this whole reconciliation process now automated, we are now going to focus on growing our business and providing unmatched services to our customers since the load of back office operation has become minimal

He observed that everyone wants to be part of a success and went further to thank the team from ActivEdge Technologies, SmartStream and his colleague for the extra effort that they have put in to achieve such a great result starting from Day One.    He commended the ActivEdge Technologies team in particular for being very professional in meeting the deadline set for go live on this project.

Partner today announced that Zenith Bank of Nigeria Plc has gone live with TLM Corona 7.7 Card Reconciliation Module to automate its Cards Transactions and Settlements Reconciliation processes in its treasury department.

SmartStream Technologies has over 40% market share in the entire reconciliation market space globally providing Reconciliation, Exceptions Management, GL Substantiation, Cash and Liquidity Management, Corporate Event Action Management, Transaction Fee and Invoice Management to over 2000 corporate for the last 40 years.

It is a common knowledge that banks in Nigeria are facing serious challenges with their reconciliation processes with billions of customers cash lost on failed ATM Transaction. The first step to resolving this is by adopting a multi-cycle reconciliation solution that is able to consider all relevant touch points in typical ATM/POS and other transaction and match across these touch points which include the Front End Processor, ATM Electronic Journal, Till Accounts, Core Banking, Settlement files, etc in cycles.

About SmartStream Technologies

smartstream-logo-185x114SmartStream is a global software and managed services provider that in challenging markets conditions has outpaced its rivals in the financial markets sector, creating an impressive base of more than 1,500 customers. This includes more than 70 of the world’s top 100 banks alongside the world’s leading asset managers, custodians and broker dealers.

At the heart of this success is the ability to react to client, market and regulatory changes through innovative solutions. That is why, even in challenging market conditions, the company continues to invest more than 20% of revenue back into research and development.

The combination of SmartStream’s post-trade processing solutions, together with its unique Data Management Services, creates a real-time and pre-emptive approach to reducing trade failures while also accelerating and automating trade processes.

About ActivEdge Technologies:

activedge_logoActivedge Technologies Limited is the Local distributor and implementation partner of Smartstream Technologies in Western and Eastern Africa in Africa. ActivEdge Technologies Limited is a Pan African Information Technology and Engineering Company, Specialized in Software development, Database and Analytics Solutions, Systems Integration, Systems Support, Consulting and Advisory Services. We are Distributors and VAR of a wide range of Strategic and Transformative IT Solution for the Public and Private Sector. You can contact ActivEdge Technologies by sending email to info@activedgetechnologies.com

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